Cervical chordoma in childhood: clinical statistical contribution

P. M. Bianchi, P. Marsella, R. Masi, G. Andriani, F. M. Tucci, P. Partipilo, V. Pierro

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Parapharyngeal neoplasias are rarely noticed in childhood, since they have their peak incidence between the 2nd and 4th decade of life. The authors report a case of a 4-year-old patient presenting with a retrostyloid mass, accompanied by nasal obstruction and some difficulty in swallowing at 12 months of age. CT scanning well ascertained the delimitation of the tumor, but it was of no help in the differential diagnosis. In fact, after surgical excision, the histological examination of the specimen revealed a chordoma. This result was unexpected because of the region concerned and the lack of a CT demonstration of the cervical boney involvement. A cervical vertebral localization of a chordoma is rare in all age groups and it is of particular clinical and statistical interest in infancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989


  • Chordoma
  • Pediatric brain tumor
  • Spinal tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery


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